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AP: DTV Transition Could Kill Free Cell Phone TV

An Associated Press article, Analog TV shutdown kills free cell-phone TV, caught my attention earlier this week. I wasn’t aware there were cell phones that could receive analog TV!

The article talks about a Chinese handset that includes an analog TV receiver. Obviously, this unit can’t be sold in the U.S., but the article uses it to highlight consumer interest in mobile/handheld reception and describe the problems associated with receiving DTV. It also has an interesting discussion on the “very large market” for free, advertiser supported TV programming on cell phones.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.